U.S. Drought Monitor

9:13am

Mon January 7, 2013
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Drought conditions ease, but East Texas ranchers still wary

Credit East Texas Ranch

The drought situation in East Texas is steadily improving by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Several Northeast Texas counties were removed from drought status last week after recent rains.

Cattle rancher Mark Chamblee of Huntington, Texas, still can see the impact on his Brahman herd. He owns East Texas Ranch and had to sell off much of his cattle two years ago. Chamblee is slowing rebuilding his herd again. He has 25-head of cattle.

"We're still crossing our fingers for rain this summer, and not have what happened two years ago," Chamblee said.

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